Amoung many other awards, Dr. Ernst received the Samuel Moorse Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship in 1994-1996., the Freedoms Foundations Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education in 1995, the Clarence F. Dissinger Memorial Awar for distinguished teaching by a Senior Faculty in 2003, the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2004, and in 2008, the Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award.